Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
I have owned and ridden several. A few were good for beginners. Many had too much go and were too quick and sensitive for anything but intermediate +.
I love the breed, but there are crazies(like any other breed).
- I rode a mare that hated people and seriously wanted to hurt you.
-I owned a gelding that was a big, powerful, spooky diva. He would go from a perfect bareback ride with a string around his neck, or quiet enough to put a todler on him and neck rein around the arena, to a jumping, spooking, bucking monster. Just depended on his mood.
-owned a mare that was super stupid spooky, she would spook in the middle of a steep ascent she had done 20x before because she noticed a pebble, just about flipping over backwards.
-rode another spooky mare that spooked at EVERYTHING. Shadows, rocks, dips in the ground. When there wasnt anything obvious to spook at she made things up. She was gorgeous and had great bloodlines, so they bred her. She spooked on top of her foal and nearly crippled him, out in the pasture.
That said, my purebred egyptian mare is the best horse I've ever owned, hands down. She needs a certain type of rider, but she gives 110% for me every time. She is the horse I imagine the arabs originally bred, and rode into war. Courageous, fearless.
My Bo also had a partbred gelding that was the best babysitter.
Good and bad in every breed, there is always members in every breed that prove sterotypes correct.